|Cryptozoology, BioForteana, Zoological Oddities, Unusual Natural History|
In Search of the Unknown
These humorous adventure stories were tied together by Chambers from previously published short stories.
To My Friend
My Dear Le Grand,You and I were early drawn together by a common love of nature. Your researches into the natural history of the tree-toad, your observations upon the mud-turtles of Providence Township, your experiments with the fresh-water lobster, all stimulated my enthusiasm in a scientific direction, which has crystallized in this helpful little book, dedicated to you.
Pray accept it as an insignificant payment on account for all I owe to you.
It appears to the writer that there is urgent need of more "nature books"books that are scraped clear of fiction and which display only the carefully articulated skeleton of fact. Hence this little volume, presented with some hesitation and more modesty. Various chapters have, at intervals, appeared in the pages of various publications. The continued narrative is now published for the first time; and the writer trusts that it may inspire enthusiasm for natural and scientific research, and inculcate a passion for accurate observation among the young.
Where the slanting forest eaves,